Southeast Saskatchewan has seen its fair share of rain so far this spring.
Environment Canada's Estevan monitoring station recorded seven millimetres of rain on Monday, and more came down Tuesday morning.
Last month was the wettest May seen in the area since 2012, which was a blessing, and a problem for many. The rainfall helped to replenish the water levels which were severely depleted after an extremely dry 2021. However, the rain prevented producers from getting out into the field for many farmers.
Dale Paslawski farms in the Weyburn area. He said despite the delays to seeding, and the amount of rain, there is a very optimistic mood.
“I lost a number of acres due to standing water,” Paslawski said. “Probably one of the wettest springs we’ve had in a while but it’s a lot better than we were last year at this time. We were real dry and I’m glad that we’re not in this dry situation.”
There is more rain expected in the region in the coming days, which is more than welcome for those who have wrapped up seeding. Even those who are still seeding are expected to be put off by the rain, Paslawski added.
The rain will be good for development in the coming weeks.
“Looking at a real good wheat crop this year, and canola should do really well,” Paslawski explained. “Cattle producers are all smiles with pastures in with good high grass and we’re going to have a real good hay crop.”
The rain is expected to make way for sunshine and warm temperatures this coming weekend, which will also be good for crop development. The cloud cover and cooler temperatures in recent weeks have slowed development in some areas, but the sun is expected to help.